Welcome to this week's e-news for members of FaithAction!
The Faith Manifesto has arrived!
The Faith Manifesto has been launched today!
With input from you, our members, it has been produced for the attention of politicians, policy makers and funders on behalf of faith groups and contains seven clear proposals.
We aim to enter the political debate ahead of the general election, and make these people aware of the importance and significance of faith groups and what they have to offer.
Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction, said:
"The Manifesto, written with input from FaithAction's members, has some clear challenges and opportunities for central and local government. The role of faith groups and their ability to engage with grassroots social action cannot be ignored in the policy and decision making process. The great work being done by faith groups can go so much further with the right level of partnership and support".
Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community
Consultation closes on 29th May
Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, and Gavin Harding MBE, Co-Chair of the Transforming Care Assurance Board, have announced the launch of 'No voice unheard, no right ignored' consultation.
The consultation explores options on issues such as how people can:
be supported to live independently, as part of a community
be assured that their views will be listened to
challenge decisions about them and about their care
exercise control over the support they receive with a Personal Health Budget
expect that different health and local services will organise themselves around their needs
know that professionals are looking out for their physical health needs as well as their mental health needs
The document also seeks to explore views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice.
Is it really possible to turn our insights into practical actions, when providing what patients and carers say they need to help them manage their own care more successfully? The Patients in Control (South) programme has successfully used the insights gathered with CCGs to co-design – with patients/carers – different approaches that are truly built around the needs of the patient.
This seminar will demonstrate the evidence, the process and a very practical example from their work. The peer support model is being tested in three West Kent GP Practices, and Voluntary Action within Kent (VAWK) has been commissioned to provide the practical support for this service.
Please see attached flyer for further information.
Meaningful Participation for People with Disabilities - videos now available
In November, The Disability Partnership (Sense, Scope, Mencap and NAS) and NHS England East of England SCN ran a joint event on ensuring that people with disabilities have meaningful participation in healthcare. Videos from the event are now available, please watch and disseminate these amongst your networks and contacts as applicable.
Nesta is working in partnership with the Department of Health to mobilise more young people to help improve patient experience, satisfaction and outcomes in hospitals.
The programme will support a small number of hospitals to significantly increase the number of young volunteers (16 – 24 year olds) volunteering in the hospital in frontline, impactful roles where their volunteering efforts make a direct difference to patients. £200,000 is available to hospitals to expand their younger volunteer workforce between April 2015 and March 2016. Applications from VCS organisations working in partnership with Trusts will also be welcomed. The closing date to submit proposals is before 12 Noon on Wednesday 25th March 2015.
We're delighted that Leeds today became the second local authority to adopt the Faith Covenant. This means that Council and faith group representatives have committed to work together to deliver services that meet the city's needs. Chair of Leeds Faith Forum, Canon Charles Dobbin said at […]